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African Swine Fever and Its Impact on 2019 Pork Production

If you’re up-to-date on the latest livestock and pig production news, it’s likely you’ve heard about the tragic impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Asia. ASF is so severe the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) canceled the 2019 World Pork Expo, held annual in Des Moines, Iowa, for the first time since 2001. The…

Technical Bulletin: Feed Dispenser Motor Replacement Kit for TEAM & FIRE

For TEAM® Electronic Sow Feeding Systems and FIRE® Pig Performance Testing Systems A new feed dispenser motor replacement kit is now available for Osborne TEAM and FIRE customers with additional components to simplify installation, and reduce maintenance labor and feeder “down-time.” Taking the place of the standard replacement feed motor, the new replacement kit includes…

The Benefits of Portable Livestock Weighing Scales

Analytics play such a prominent role in measuring herd performance on commercial farms that the data collected on livestock can be used to improve productivity and make informed management decisions. Nowhere has this become more evident than the data collected in weighing livestock. It has proven so beneficial for farmers that portable livestock weighing scales…

Heating Pad Temperature Ranges: What is Safe?

Of prime importance for any swine operation is providing a proper farrowing environment for your sow and piglets. Maximum performance for your herd begins on day one, with every effort made to ensure the comfort and care of the animals. At the top of the list for creature comfort is achieving an ideal temperature for…

Farrowing and Gestation Crates

In hog farming, gestation crates are utilized as an individual pen in which sows and gilts are confined during the period of pregnancy. Also known as sow stalls, the enclosures are generally made of metal and come in various sizes. They were introduced in the 1960s to increase production on farms, to meet a pig’s…

Feeding Pigs for Maximum Weight Gain

What to feed pigs is an important first step to ensure maximum weight gain for the herd. Feeding and nutritional strategies for pigs, no matter the age, is one of the keys for success. Certainly, there are many considerations that can influence production, and your farm’s profits when managing your herd. The success of any…

What Minimum Ventilation Rate Is & How to Find It

Maintaining a minimum ventilation rate for barns and other livestock housing is an important factor in improving productivity and thus, profitability, of farming operations. Animals within a confined building must have ventilation, either through natural or mechanical means, or by a combination of the two methods. Livestock productivity is linked to and influenced by the…

5 Top Pig Weaning Tips for Better Performance

Pig weaning is a time of significant change and stress in a pig’s life. In fact, that period has been noted by researchers as the most challenging in all of the hog production cycle. Piglets are weaned between three or four weeks of age. Though it may be economical, the transition to dry feed can…

Modern Pig Farming Technology in 2019

Modern pig farming technology has transformed pig farms across the country and around the world. The successful pig farm today is one where farmers use technology to their advantage. In doing so, farm operations are improved for both workers and animals. Automated livestock processes and tasks can provide and deliver better animal care. The result…

Optimizing Pig Feed Conversions

The significance of pig feed conversions in modern pig production is a key to operating a successful commercial farm. As feed costs and other overhead increases, turning quality pig feed into weight gain is an absolute necessity to turn a profit. What is Feed Conversion Ratio? Feed conversion ratio (FCR) or feed conversion efficiency (FCE)…